Ok, so I was very much annoyed not to see the Texans step up and make themselves 4-4 last week. The reasons why that happened are ones we are all familiar with and there's no point in going over them again. What I want to know though is what does it take to get everyone back on the positive-vibe bandwagon? We play the Ravens and a quick look at their season tells me that they are just as likely to come in here and lay an egg as they are to beat the snot out of us. It really could go either way. If we can't beat the Ravens at home then we're 3-6 and talking about draft position. But what if it goes our way? Then we're 4-5 and one game away from .500 again. We start hearing about the next game being "make or break" from all the talking heads. We start looking past the next one and trying to figure out what it will take to get into the playoffs. We start talking about how some rag or fool commentator disrespected the Texans who are clearly on the rise now. At 4-5 we're going to Indianapolis with the Rosencopter looking for redemption and the Colts still aren't really "THE Colts". I think it makes for interesting NFL type drama. That game at Indy is really the game of the year (but only if we can beat the Ravens at Reliant Sunday). A win pulls us even on the season and I think has a very real chance to start us on a roll. At 5-5 we have the following left. @Cleveland Jacksonville @Green Bay Tennessee @Oakland Chicago That's an interesting collection of games right there. Going into Cleveland we'd be facing at best another .500 team. They're completely beatable. Then we'd have Jacksonville at home and I think it's fair to say that they're no better than we are and maybe worse. At our house that could easily be a win. We could be going to Green Bay a 7-5 team and I can say that without my head exploding because it's not just Texans Kool-Aid talking. It's a reasonable scenario IF we get by the Ravens Sunday and then pull the upset at Indy. Of course we lose the Green Bay game because there's no way in the world the Texans are going to win 5 in a row or beat Green Bay in December this year. It ain't happening. So we fall to 7-6 and that's when the most interesting stretch of our season begins. We have 3 games left and two of them are at home. We get the Titans at Reliant and I've got to think that the Texans can give them a game in Reliant Stadium. Sure they're likely to beat us again. I can't deny it and we might very well find ourselves 7-7 but I think we have a chance against them at home. That leaves the last two games. The one road game is against the Raiders and they've been done for three weeks. We have literally never lost to the Raiders. Upsets can always happen but I don't think I'm crazy to predict a win here. Call us 8-7 (or, if we get lucky against Tennessee maybe even 9-6). That leaves Chicago at home on December 28th. The Bears are 5-3 right now and might not even need this game by the time it's played. I could see them sitting starters and the Texans ending the year 9-7 or if the stars line up just right 10-6. That could happen people.